CHIC, the “Canine Health Information Center”, is a database of consolidated health screening results. Sponsored by the OFA, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the OFA Online Database are issued CHIC numbers. CHIC is meant to encourage health testing and sharing of all results, normal and abnormal, so that more informed breeding decisions can be made in an overall effort to reduce the incidence of genetic disease and improve canine health. Participation in CHIC is entirely voluntary.
CHIC Benefits The CHIC program offers benefits to breeders, buyers, parent clubs, and researchers.
For breeders, CHIC provides a reliable source of information regarding dogs they may use in their breeding programs. Using CHIC, breeders can analyze the pedigrees of a proposed breeding for health strengths and weaknesses as well the traditional analysis of conformation, type, and performance strengths and weaknesses.
For buyers, the CHIC program provides accurate information about the results of a breeder's health testing. For diseases that are limited to phenotypic evaluations, there are no guarantees. However, the probability that an animal will develop an inherited disease is reduced when its ancestry has been tested normal. Further, as more DNA tests become available and the results are entered into CHIC, the CHIC database will be able to establish whether progeny will be clear, carriers, or affected.
For parent clubs considering establishment of health databases on their own, CHIC provides the answer with no upfront investment required by the club. The CHIC infrastructure is supplied and maintained by the OFA. The data is maintained in a secure environment by trained staff. The services are not subject to the time, technology, and resource constraints that parent clubs might face on their own. This frees parent clubs to focus on their core strengths of identifying health concerns, educating their membership, and encouraging participation in the CHIC program.
For researchers, CHIC provides confidential and accurate aggregate information on multiple generations of dogs. CHIC information will also be useful for epidemiological studies enhancing our knowledge of health issues affecting all breeds of dogs.
For everyone interested in canine health issues, CHIC is a tool to monitor disease prevalence and measure progress.
PENNHIP To enter results from PennHIP to the OFA Online Database, send a copy of the PennHIP test results, a one-time per dog fee of $25, and a signed note (click here to download and print “MSCA OFA Database Application for PennHIP" .pdf file**) requesting the results be entered into the OFA Online Database to the OFA. Orthopedic Foundation for Animals 2300 E Nifong Boulevard Columbia, Missouri, 65201-3806 Phone: (573) 442-0418, Fax: (573) 875-5073 Email: email@example.com
If you have any questions, please contact the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) listed above.
**You can do your own note but it must include: Dogs name, Dogs MSCA Registration Number, Dogs Sex, Dogs Date of Birth, Dogs Tattoo/Microchip Number, Sires Name & MSCA Registration Number, Dams Name and MSCA Registration Number, Your Name and Contact Information.
MSCA BREEDER INCENTIVE! The MSCA would like to recognize those Breeders who are instrumental in educating their puppy buyers about recognizing the importance of hip testing and certification of their dogs – For every owner who submits proof of the puppy’s OFA/PennHIP hip certification, the Breeder of the puppy will receive a $5.00 credit towards their annual MSCA membership dues, up to the full yearly fee. Click "HERE" to download form!